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African Voices on Grace

December 15, 2011

What does grace look like in different parts of the world?

This is the question I asked to some of my Bible School staff as a part of their internship. The program adds extra assignments to their staff duties to be intentional about their growth.

One of our staff from Zimbabwe, told the story of how her family used to worship and attempt to gain favor from the gods through traditional worship. This practice often involves praying to the ancestors for favor.

Worship would occur by focusing ones attention on an animal that represented the ancestors. They would brew beer, consuming it while praying to the animal.

Outside of worship times this animal always needed to be respected and honored. You could not beat the animal or even prod it in a certain direction. It was considered sacred.

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(Photo by Marysol Blomerus